A&M-Texarkana announces Student Ambassador Scholarship recipients


Texas A&M University-Texarkana has announced 18 recipients of Student Ambassador Scholarships for the fall 2017 semester. This is a record number of scholarship awards for the ambassadors program.

Often considered the face of the student body, A&M-Texarkana Student Ambassadors are called upon to greet guests at university events and make connections with current and prospective students, alumni, donors and friends of the university.

“The Student Ambassadors generally divide their time between campus and community volunteer activities,” said Mark Missildine, who coordinates the Student Ambassadors program at A&M-Texarkana. “Our program provides students with the opportunity to develop leadership skills, network with professionals, and promote public service both on and off campus.”


Dozens of students apply each year to be selected as ambassadors, and scholarship recipients are chosen through an extensive application and interview process. 


Student Ambassadors are charged with representing the university both on and off campus while serving as mentors and role models to all students.


A&M-Texarkana Student Ambassadors receive a scholarship each fall and spring semester of program participation. In order to continue, they must complete a minimum of 12 semester credit hours each semester and maintain a cumulative 2.75 grade-point average.


The ambassadors participate in an orientation process and have monthly meetings to stay apprised of campus and community events and activities. They also receive valuable leadership and teamwork training.

“A&M-Texarkana is fortunate to have the support of many individual, corporate and foundation donors who make opportunities, such as the Student Ambassador Scholarship, a reality for our students,” said LeAnne Wright, associate vice president of University Advancement. “We are excited to welcome another outstanding group of ambassadors this year. They’ve already hit the ground running, and we’re only into the second week of classes.”

Student Ambassador Scholarship recipients include

·        Phillip Barnes, a freshman electrical engineering major from Texarkana, Arkansas;

·        Matthew Barrett, a senior electrical engineering major form Washoe Valley, Nevada;

·        Gavin Beach, a junior chemistry major from Duncanville, Texas;

·        Daniel Collinsworth, a junior electrical engineering and mathematics major from Burleson, Texas;

·        Camryn Davis, a freshman biotechnology major from Helotes, Texas;

·        Philip DeRouen, a freshman computer science major from Lafayette, Louisiana;

·        Rebekah Drennon, a junior mass communication major from Mineola, Texas;

·        Matthew Fomby, a senior history/education major from  Texarkana, Texas;

·        Omar Hamzeh, a sophomore business administration major from Frisco, Texas;

·        Alex Hernandez, a freshman biology major from Texarkana, Texas;

·        Alexandra Jenkins, a senior mass communication major from Texarkana, Arkansas;

·        Shannon Lovelady, a senior mass communication major from Rockwall, Texas;

·        Roya Morakabian, a senior biology major from Van Alstyne, Texas;

·        Johnny Nonmacher, a junior business administration major from Klein, Texas;

·        Beatriz Severine, a freshman business administration major from Sao Paulo, Brazil;

·        Michala Terrell, a junior business administration major from Texarkana, Texas;

·        Sarah Wilbanks, a junior business administration major from Atlanta, Texas; and

·        Stevie Ybarra, a freshman business administration major from Palestine, Texas.

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